Mr. Westlake's year comes to a close

Rick Grane finished out his term as Mr. Westlake at a dinner with family and friends, including his daughter, Laura (left), and former auxiliary police partner Marian Zietz.

The Westlake Town Criers held one last celebration of 2014's Mr. Westlake, Rick Grane, Oct. 20 at Mahle's restaurant. The dinner, which Grane repeatedly reminded guests was "not a roast," did include some good-natured teasing of the honoree, who has earned the respect of many in the city.

Grane volunteers as an auxiliary policeman, as a member of the Kiwanis, Elks and Westlake United Methodist Church, and at many cancer fundraisers held in the city. His wife, Susan, who succumbed to cancer in 2003, is his driving force.

"Rick is inspired by the love of his wife to get involved, and that's why he's so passionate about giving back to the community," said Mayor Dennis Clough before proclaiming Oct. 20, 2014, as Rick Grane Day. "You ask Rick to do something and he is going to be there."

The Town Criers will announce their 2016 title recipient at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Crocker Park on Nov. 22.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 10:22 AM, 10.28.2014